Clinton Hoping to Gain Momentum From Obama's Comments

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to portray herself as an ally of the middle class by keeping alive Barack Obama's comments about bitter small-town voters voters.

She says Obama's words were "elitist and divisive" and warrant further explanation.

Clinton took her campaign door to door today in Scranton, Pennsylvania, her late father's boyhood hometown.

Obama has been on the defensive for telling a private audience in California that economically frustrated people in small towns get bitter and "cling to guns or religion" to express their feelings. Obama since has said he could have chosen better words and that he regrets offending anyone.

Clinton says that's not enough. She says that Obama -- quote -- "has not owned up to what he said and taken accountability for it."

Clinton also says Obama's comments feed into long-held stereotypes of the Democratic Party as being out of touch with regular people.

She says she's gotten a positive response from the latest verbal battle with Barack Obama because she thinks differently about small-town America than what she says Barack Obama apparently thinks.

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